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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:52 PM

1. ThinThread

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US spy device 'tested on NZ public'

by David Fisher
New Zealand Herald, May 25, 2013

A high-tech United States surveillance tool which sweeps up all communications without a warrant was sent to New Zealand for testing on the public, according to an espionage expert.

The tool was called ThinThread and it worked by automatically intercepting phone, email and internet information.

ThinThread was highly valued by those who created it because it could handle massive amounts of intercepted information. It then used snippets of data to automatically build a detailed picture of targets, their contacts and their habits for the spy organisation using it.

Those organisations were likely to include the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) after Washington, DC-based author Tim Shorrock revealed ThinThread was sent to New Zealand for testing in 2000-2001.

Mr Shorrock, who has written on intelligence issues for 35 years, said the revolutionary ThinThread surveillance tool was sent to New Zealand by the US National Security Agency. The GCSB is the US agency's intelligence partner - currently under pressure for potentially illegal wide-spread spying on the public."

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10886031



The Electronic Frontier Foundation also is at work in these areas:

https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying

Thank you for an outstanding OP, Pholus! You're doing the kind of work outlined in the First Amendment that makes democracy possible.

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